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I he Point 

Issue 8 I c;+ A uu,,^ Y c^ +/ . r^n. 

Week of April 14, 1999 

Fitchburg State College 

Masspirg volun- 
teers in local 

page 4 

Get personal 
advice-it's in the 

page 5 

Live happily ever 
after, locally. 

page 6 

Bremberg ties 
FSC strikeout 

page 12 

Riccards says he'll stay 

by Anne Marie Donahue 

Faculty and students at Fitchburg 
State College were startled by a rumor 
last week that they might lose their 
president, Dr. Michael P. Riccards, to 
another institution. 

This "news" was so widely circulat- 
ed on the FSC campus that Riccards 
issued a formal statement to set the 
record straight. 

He said he had been asked to con- 
sider applying for the position of presi- 
dent of Florida Gulf Coast University, 
but that he had decided not to pursue it. 

"As I have indicated, I am honored 
to have been considered by the Florida 
system of higher education, but it is my 
intention to remain at Fitchburg State to 
complete the three major projects we 
have begun, he said in a written state- 

President Riccards has said he 
has no plans to leave FSC. 

ment circulated by the FSC public-rela- 
tions office. He said the projects are an 
urban technology center; a new physi- 
cal-education complex, which had its 
groundbreaking over three years ago; 
and the Leadership Academy. 

Buddhist scholar shares knowledge 

by Guy Murochino 

On April 5 Dr. Robert Thurman, a 
Buddhist scholar, was on campus to 
enlighten and entertain the packed 
crowd that gathered in Kent Recital 
Hall to hear him speak. Thurman has 
written "The Central Philosophy of 
Tibet," "The Tibetan Book of the 
Dead," "Essential Tibetan Buddhism," 
and "Inner Revolution: Life, Liberty 
and the Pursuit of Happiness." 

Thurman, named one of Time mag- 
azine's most influential Americans of 
1997, attracted a diverse crowd of lis- 
teners who came to learn about his 
understanding of the "Buddhaverse." 

A student of Tibet and Tibetan 
Buddhism for 30 years, Thurman said 
he has the great honor of being a close 
personal friend of the Dalai Lama. 

Thurman told the crowd that true 
leaders are those who can lead them- 

Thurman, who received his bache- 
lor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees from 
Harvard, said he was very impressed 
with the turnout at FSC and with the 
college itself, stating that he believed 

i iIm II 

"Humanities should 

return to the core 


that "humanities should return to the 
core cirriculum." 

Thurman co-founded and is manag- 
ing director of the Tibet House of New 
York with his wife, Nina Thurman. 

He is also the president of a non- 
profit cultural center which is dedicated 
to the preservation of the Tibetan cul- 

Thurman is active in the art world as 
co-curator of two exhibitions of Tibetan 
art, the "Wisdom and Compassion: The 
Sacred Art of Tibet" and "Mandala: 
The Architecture of Enlightenment." 

BHE seeks 
student member 

The Massachusetts Board of Higher 
Education is seeking a student from the 
state colleges to fill the annual position 
of student board member. Any student 
from any state college may apply for 
the position. 

Requirements include enrollment 
verification, which means the registrar 
must be able to verify that the applicant 
is a full-time student who meets the 
required standards for satisfactory aca- 
demic progress. 

A resume must be submitted includ- 
ing information regarding the course of 
study, expected graduation date, and 
related activities and interests of the 

The applicant must also supply BHE 
with three personal references. The 
references can be from a fellow student 
in a leadership role, college adminisir;<- 
tor, faculty member, or other profes- 
sional. The persons writing the refer- 
ences must be knowledgeable of the 
applicant's abilities to serve in this 

Included in the application process 
is an essay summarizing the applicants 
interest in serving on BHE and demon- 
strating their understanding of its role. 

All applications should be post- 
marked by April 26, 1999 and sent to: 

Clantha Carrigan 

McGurdy, Director 

Office of Student 

Financial Assistance 

Board of Higher 

330 Stuart Street, 

Room 304 
Boston, MA 02116 

The Student Advisory Committee 
will interview eligible candidates on 
Thursday, May 6, 1999, at 6:30 p.m. in 
the Massachusetts Bay Community 
College- at Framingham. 


Nursing Association opens heart for blood drive 

by Jen Brenner 

On April 7 and 8, the Nursing 
Student Association sponsored a blood 
drive in the G-Lobby. providing a vari- 
ety of services for the American Red 

NSA members registered donors and 
assisted students with juice and snacks. 
One student provided entertainment. 

AnneMarie Donahue, a junior who 
donated, said she felt it was very impor- 
tant to give blood. "I understand that 
it's imperative for students to donate 
because there is a large need, especially 
in the Boston area." Donahue said. 

"I'm a really big baby and I didn't 
feel a thing. It doesn't even hurt," she 

Students who wish to donate blood 
must be at least 17 years old and in 
good health. They must weight at least 
1 10 pounds. 

There were 
many safety 
taken by the 
ARC to ensure 
that the donor 
and those who 
may eventually 
receive the 

blood would be 
kept from harm. 
Students who 
wished to 

donate were 
asked to fill out 
a form and 
answer a length) 
questionnaire on 
their current and_ 
past health sta- 
tus and personal life, as it pertained to 
their health. Many questions dealt with 
sexuality and the sexual habits of the 

Student Lauren D'Annolfo laughs at 

the idea that it could be painful to 

save lives by donating blood. 

However, the 
ARC promised 
each student 
that these ques- 
tions and their 
answers would 
be kept com- 
pletely confi- 
dential and used 
only to ensure 
that the blood 
donated was 
clear of disease 
and safe to give 
to others in 

"It is not pos- 
_ sible to contract 
HIV, the virus 

that causes AIDS, by donating blood," 

said an ARC spokesman. 

Each needle was sealed a sterile bag 

and no needle was ever used more than 
once. When the procedure was finished, 
the needle and sterile cloths used to 
catch blood were thrown out in the spe- 
cial hazardous medical waste bags to 
ensure safety. 

Also, all of the people collecting the 
blood that day wore protective latex 
gloves, which were changed from stu- 
dent to student. 

The ARC offers courses in CPR, 
swimming, first aid, and other health 
and safety skills. 

Only through the volunteer work can 
the ARC offer these courses. 

The ARC also offers sen ices to fam- 
ilies left homeless by hurricanes, fires, 
earthquakes and other natural disasters. 

Volunteers make up 98 percent of the 
total workforce of the ARC, which 
means the organization is completely 
dependent on the hard work and con- 
cern of others. 

ACC hears dramatic debate over proposed academic changes 

by AnneMarie Donahue 

On April 7, Miller Hall Oval was 
again the scene of much debate over 
proposals that would bring about acad- 
emic change at Fitchburg State College. 
A personnel change occurred when 
Jodie DaSilva, current treasurer of the 
Student Government Association 
Executive Board, was named the per- 
manent replacement for Timothy 
Pelletier, former president of the class 
of 2001. DaSilva is the third student 
member of the All College Council, 
which holds the final say on all acade- 
mic proposals submitted to the college. 
Stanley Bucholc, chair of ACC, 
called the meeting to order and intro- 
duced a proposal from the nursing 
department. The proposal, which 
would have dealt with a grade prerequi- 
site change for admittance to a class, 
was submitted on March 12, making it 
too late to be considered by ACC. 
However, ACC sent this back to the 
nursing department stating that if this 
proposal pertained to their accredita- 
tion, it should be resubmitted for ACC 
to consider at the next meeting. 

ACC turned to old business with 
ACC No. 19, which proposed the cre- 
ation of a new course, Asian Politics 
and Culture. This proposal was 

approved 13-0 as a new course, but was 
sent back to the Curriculums 
Committee for interdisciplinary desig- 
nation. At the ACC meeting on April 7 
this course was voted on to receive an 
LA&S designation 7 in favor, 3 
opposed and 2 abstaining. 

That proposal concluded old busi- 
ness and Academic Policies Committee 
had the floor to present their report. 

ACC No. 35 was soon brought into 
discussion. This proposal stands to 
change the policy on suspension due to 
poor academic performance, stating, 
"Any student w ho earns a 1 .0 or lower 
in his/her first semester of full-time 
study at Fitchburg State College will be 
suspended from the college." Currently 
the suspension policy allows for many 
students to perform poorly their first 
semester, then stay on academic proba- 
tion indefinitely. This new policy was 
designed to prevent a student from 
"digging him/herself into an even deep- 
er hole with a second failing semester." 
This proposal came highly encouraged 
from the APC representatives present 
and when voted upon by ACC passed 
with 10 in favor. I opposed and 2 

APC then yielded the floor to 
Student Affairs, who had met separate- 
lv on March 24. Student Affairs 

brought ACC No. 40, a proposal deal- 
ing with sexual assault, to the table. 
This proposal stated clearly that FSC 
"prohibits any members of the college 
community, male or female, from sexu- 
ally assaulting another student, employ- 
ee, or other person having dealings with 
the institution." This proposal also 
states that the employ of drugs and 
alcohol to aid in a sexual assault will 
not be tolerated by the college. It also 
states that any students sexually 
assaulted after becoming intoxicated 
would not be prosecuted by the college 
for violating the alcohol policy. The 
proposal was passed unanimously. 

ACC No. 41 was then brought in for 
discussion. This proposal concerns the 
student code of conduct pertaining to 
sexual assault, as described in the stu- 
dent handbook. Again this proposal 
makes it against school policy to rape 
or sexually assault someone on campus 
through the use of drugs and/or alcohol. 
This proposal was passed unanimously 
by ACC when voted upon. 

Due to ACC No. 42, the statute of 
limitations on the time that a person can 
report a sexual assault will be length- 
ened to the amount of time that they 
(the assaulted) remain a student at FSC. 
The accused must also be a student of 
FSC at the time the complaint is filed 

for the college to take action. This pro- 
posal met with great reception at the 
ACC meeting, and was passed unani- 

The Curriculums Committee then 
reported on their progress to ACC, 
beginning with ACC No. 29, proposing 
the creation of a new course titled 
American Drama. The course, which 
had been unanimously approved by CC, 
was tabled by ACC because of ques- 
tions about prerequisites. 

ACC No. 30, which stood to create 
a new course, Acting II, was also tabled 
because the course was incorrectly 

The Theater Practicum, which would 
have been created by proposal No. 3 1 , 
was then brought to discussion. This 
class, which English majors in the the- 
ater track would need for graduation, 
would require an audition and include 
the performance of a play. However 
according to several members of ACC, 
this class did not fit the requirements of 
a true practicum. and the proposal was 

ACC No. 39, which changes the 
General Studies major, was then 
brought into discussion. 

The title of General Studies has been 

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Mrs. Jane Pitman: a history finally told 

by Marktavian D. Martin 

On March 30. the sisters of Zeta Phi 
Beta presented "The Autobiography of 
Mrs. Jane Pitman," a slice of African- 
American history, in the Ellis White 
Lecture Hall. 

The movie portrays the life of the 
title character, the oldest living 
African-American slave recorded in 
American history. 

Born into slavery. Pitman lived 
through the Civil War. and later became 
not only an active participant in the 
Reconstruction period, but a civil-rights 
leader. Pitman is not only an important 
part of African-American history, but 
of American history as well. 

Never having had any biological 
children, Pitman opened her heart and 
her home to many children she adopted 
and raised as her own. She lost a son 
who was shot dead for teaching other 
African-Americans about freedom and 
equality; and a husband, who was killed 
during the Reconstruction. Pitman also 
lost a nephew who was killed during 
the civil rights movement. 

Freedom, justice, and equality were 
very important to Pitman; she strove for 
these values and taught others to do the 

same. When she was 1 10 years old, she 
drank from a "whites only" drinking 
fountain right near the police station. 
This act would be her last stand in the 
civil rights movement. 

Feature editor's note: This message is 
directed toward those students who had 
the free time, but didn't take advantage 
of the opportunity to see this film. By 
missing this film, you missed another 
chance to experience the diversity of 
FSC students. 

I don't hate the players. I only hate 
the game. What game, you ask? The 
game that keeps the students in igno- 
rance. Instead of supporting each other 
by participating in events put together 
by different organizations, some stu- 
dents insist on labeling things as "a 
white event" or ' 4 a black event." 

People like Mrs. Pitman spent their 
lives fighting against exactly that type 
of thinking. 

Come on, Fitchburg. let's get our act 
together and represent what our college 
is supposed to be about: unity. Mrs. 
Pitman was an important part of our 
history, having experienced key events 
and times. How many people can say 
they were there during the Civil War? 

Masspirg volunteers in local community 

School Stories: Scars 

by Love Shaw 

It didn't start in a day. It was a grad- 
ual development. 

Exhibitions of aggressive behavior, 
scary aggressive behavior. It was weird, 
it was painful, but I stayed. I took it like 
a human, and learned to endure. 

I had to tolerate it; it was, as they say, 
the laws of a bond. One has to strive to 
save a tie. I knew I had a choice and I 
knew what to do. I weighed the conse- 
quences, and took some pounds off. 

The pros didn't outweigh, but I 
endured. Torture, sometimes I retaliat- 
ed, other times I incorporated, but there 
were still scars. Long, deep, horrible 
ones. The anger building up, the fury 
burning down the iron bars that held in 
place the softness. Time flying by, good 
ones with the wave of fast wind, bad 
ones lasting forever, the deed has 
already been done. Victim, scars, 
blame, words that have related mean- 
ing. The wrong lays unforgotten, deep 
down where the eyes of the soul reign. 

The soul as deep as the ocean base, 
emotions lay in the deepest part of the 
soul. Regret, the word that hurts. The 
heart bleeds. One can only take too 
much, time to get out. Time to be free, 
to let the wings spread like a bird. No 
more wounded spirit, no more dances 
in anguish. It's a big world out there, 
and I know I can be accommodated. 
And I say, watch out world, I'm free, 
the cast spell has been broken. I will 
walk around with my head up high, and 
raise my slumped shoulders. For I will 
be treated the way I want to be treated, 
and no sorry human will take advantage 
of me. I give respect, I demand to be 

If you're still in an abusive relation- 
ship (physical, mental, emotional, etc), 
it's time for you to check your self 
worth, appreciate yourself for who you 
are and do what's right for you. Love 
yourself, and there's someone else out 
there for you. If you're always being 
stepped all over, you have the right to 
your respect. 

by Jen Brenner 

This semester, Masspirg has contin- 
ued its tradition of weekly shelter visits. 
Several members of Masspirg vol- 
unteer their time at a local soup kitchen, 
serving food to the homeless. In addi- 
tion, Masspirg members have been vol- 
unteering their time to teach the stu- 
dents at McKay about environmental 

One of the main events that Masspirg 
sponsored this semester was the 
Hunger Cleanup, which was held on 
April 10. 

Volunteers at this event were sent to 
local community agencies to provide a 
service for three hours. They were 
encouraged to locate sponsors who 
would pay them for the work that they 

All proceeds were donated to hunger 

and homelessness-related agencies. 

Masspirg is the current leader of the 
Five Star System, with a total of 132 

They are closely followed by Phi 
Sigma Sigma, Programs Committee, 
and Iota Phi Theta. 

Masspirg is a community sen ice 
organization on campus that completes 
a variety of volunteer projects through- 
out the year. 

Last semester alone, they completed 
a number of community-service pro- 
jects. These projects included a clean- 
up of the Nashua River, a wasted food 
survey, and a Spare Change Drive. The 
proceeds from the Spare Change Drive 
were donated to the Care and Sharem 
Program, which provides food and gifts 
to local families for the holidays. 

A food and clothing drive was also 
conducted during last semester. 


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As Foretold by Cassandra 


Has a teacher been piling on the work as if you don't have a life outside of that class! Just 
remember that this is the spring semester and there is more work in a shorter period of 
time! There's only one thing you can do, tell your friends you'll catch up with them at 

week's end and plow thru that work! Aries is the natual born leader and someday you will be the 
boss or teacher and then you're going to find out what real responsibility is all about! 


I think there are some nontraditional aged students reading this right now and wondering 
was it all worth it? Should I have left my full time benefits job to go back to school? 

Well the answer is simple: YES! How much you know can directly reflect how 
much you earn! And while we're talking about you. it's time to get those tired old 

sweats out of your weekly wardrobe, 1 know they're comfy but you look BAD sister! Treat your 

sophisticated self to a mini shopping spree, nothing too big though! 


An older friend or relative is going to lay a guilt trip on you. Your natural instinct 
will be to pull away, but let's be honest with ourselves, doesn't your life need a little 
order? Structure is more than just a hip store, it's a way of life and getting to your 
ulitmate goals, combine it with planning and you're on your way to a great career and happy life! 


Remember last week when a mature friend helped you out in a jam by showing you how to 
organize? Well all that great advice they gave was worth it, come on will your cubi- 
cle be that boring without the teddy-bear and 15 Mr. Potato heads? In a relationship 

that's a little rocky right now? Well if you get the aid of an impartial friend it could all be settled, 
just make the friend doesn't feel weird getting in between you two. 


Leos love the limelight, but they will work like a dog with no fame if they feel it's for the 
right reasons. Just make sure that they are infact the right reasons, because the little triv- 
ial stuff can drive you nuts! Try not to get mad when a superior fails to notice all hte great 
work and effort you put into a project, remember the true satisfaction of working hard is 

getting it done well! Although this isn't the most glamourous thing the discipline and presistance 

that it teaches you will be the attributes that employers look for! 


You will the star this week if you put your creatvie talents to use on the job! But this means 

that you actually need a goal, you are the master of soving the unfixable problems so 

that could be it. Ask your boss for a little extra work on something that others may 

have listed as impossible. This will not only impress your boss, your coworkers, but also your- 

This is going to be hard for you, but for just once, just this week, maybe you could stop 
Libra 1 trying t0 f* ix everybody and focus on yourself for a while. Look around your home and 

make sure that this is what you want, can you work with it? Also shake out that social 
ife, you're going to get a chance to use it! 


Sibling in trouble with the law, is thing not a new thing? Show your kindness by calling 
them, they need your support! If money's involved run it like any other business 
deal, written contract. I know it doesn't sound friendly, but it's the way to go! Also 

you may want to think about turning in that old car or at least getting a tune up, it's going to slow 
you down this week. 

It's time to get out the check book and really balance it! I foresee financial downfall in 

your future if you don't! Ya, like that takes a psychic! Rummage thru those 
drawers and find all of your old reciets, it' important to know how much 


things cost, it may help you out on the job. Knowing how to work money and manage it wisely is 
one of the key things emplyers look for in prospective employees. 

Try not to let that deep sense of responsibility get you in over your head tis week, because 
you're running pretty close to the red line already! Pay attention to your own 
needs and let the other people work on their own problem! If you allow your- 


self time to figure out where everything suddenly went wrong then you'll be able to fix it, and 
THEN go back to helping out everyone else, until then you're on vacation! 


If you can, try to drop out of the social scene for just a while, it's just the best idea because 
your people skills will be totally off today. I know that you like to walk around 
with a smile, and that you're an open person to everyone you meet, but baby tht 

ain't a good thing all the time! You are going to freak people out if you tell them your life story 
within the first 24 hours that you meet them! 


Thanks to a blunt conversation with an older friend you are able to prioritise your life a lit- 
tle better right now. Thanks to this you can except a new source of cash flow to come 
at you from an unexpected direction, new job perhaps? Allow your high self esteem 

to sign and show off your talents. Don't get too flashy because that never gets you anywhere, 
these days it's all about where you're going in life and do you know how to get there. 

Mr. Free Advice 

because advice is always worth the price you paid for it! 
This column is a parody and not to be taken seriously, also on a personal 
note you should not ask any one who works for The Point advice, we're 
not good people. 

-AnneMarie Donahue, Editor-in-Chief 

Dear Free Advice Person, 

I am a young freshman girl with a lot to offer a guy. I'm funny, smart 
and really sincere, but for some reason guys seem to shy away from me. I 
can't even get one of them to talk to me unless it's to ask for homework! 
What's wrong with everybody on campus? Is it me, you tell me, do you 
think I'm too ugly to date? 
Fugly in Fitchburg 

Dear Fugly, 

No, you're not too ugly to date... You're a freak and that's why no body 
will talk to you! Start off the day by actually looking in the mirror, I mean 
taking a really good hard look at you and then go to church and pray to God 
to kill you because, honey, plastic surgery can only do so much! If you 
want a boy to talk to you, why don't you try hanging out with blind people, 
that worked for Frankenstein! 


#1 Single white female, looking for a nice guy who I can 
annoy during my off hours. I'd take "Armageddon" over 
"Titanic," "Star Trek" over "Star Wars," Shemp over Curly, 
WWF over WCW/NWO, Halloween over Christmas and 
Jason over Freddy. My idea of romance is snuggling on the 
couch and watching a scary movie. I'm nice, smart, and a 
good technician. If interested, contact The Point, x3647. 

#2 Single white female, looking 
for nice looking guy with a good 
attitude, athletic not lazy. I'm an 
outgoing freshman looking to have 
fun with others. Must have good 
sense of humor and nice car! If 
you are interested, please contact 
The Point, x3647. 

#3 Single White male, 19, blonde. 
Desperate! Looking for anyone, 
anyone at all! Biped helpful, 
mamml preferred. Loves long 
talks, long walks and obsessively 
stalking my truest loves. Please call 
me, please! For more info, please 
contact The Point, x 3647. 

#4 Single ethnic female, looking for 
single male. Neurotic biology stu- 
dent, 5'. I enjoy many styles and 
types of music and movies. I even 
like country music. If interested, 
please contact The Point, x3647. 

#5 Single white female looking for 
single tall male. 5 '6", medium build. 
I enjoy horror, comedy and romance 
movies. I like rap, R&B, pop and 
some rock. My interests include 
walking on the beach, fast cars and 
cuddling. If interested, please contact 
The Point, x3647. 

#6 Single white male looking for single female. 5 '7", trim build, brown 
hair, blue eyes. I am a computer science major whose interests include hor- 
ror and comedy movies. I listen to pop music, but I like other kinds, 
interested, please contact The Point, x3647. 


Live happily ever after, locally 

by Rondi Erin Bloom 

Once upon a time in a land 
called New England, fairy tales, nurs- 
ery rhymes, and history played together 
when no one was watching. In this 
same land, there was also a young 
woman who wanted to have some fun 
on her days off. 

Now, this young woman was 
from a far-away country called South, 
so she did not know where to go to have 
fun. She had to ask some of her friends 
and acquaintances (for every young 
woman knows not to ask strangers!) 
and to visit some websites for ideas 
about what to do on the weekend. She 
discovered that there were some very 
interesting places quite very near to her 
new home, and she learned that one is 
never too old to be a small child again, 
if just for a day. 

One of these places was the 
Pickets Place, a quaint, eclectic restau- 
rant located on Nutting Hill Road in 
Mason, N.H. - a 30-minute drive from 

"We are located in a 200-year- 
old Early American home, once the 
model for the story of Little Red Riding 
Hood," said the Pickery Place website. 
"Children delight at finding the harm- 
less wolf still snuggled in bed, peeping 
from beneath Grandma's lacy cap." 

Three times daily, the Pickery 
Place serves a five-course gourmet lun- 
cheon to customers who are encouraged 
to make advance reservations. The 
menu rotates at the end of each month, 
thematically offering fare that reflects 
the season. On site, there is also an 
herb garden, sheep pen, and gift shop. 
"Pickery Place preserves the character 
of the home of the original illustrator of 
'Little Red Riding Hood,' and, through 
its museum pieces, has a fairy-tale 
decor," said Kathleen Christoph of 
South Lancaster. Christoph is a new 
mother who has visited Pickery Place 
on several occasions, and will probably 
return later with her child. 

Corinna Lane, also of South 
Lancaster, also looks forward to visit- 
ing Pickery Place, it's an out-of-the- 
ordinary dining experience that I am 
looking forward to." said Lane. Lane 
has plans to go to Pickery Place with a 
friend at the end of the month. 

Mysterious castles are the stuff of 
make-believe. But there is a real-life 

castle very near 
has a website. 

here, and it even 

Gardeners and garden-lovers 
are referred to Pickery Place in a post- 
ing by Donna Frost at 
Frost wrote. "An interesting herb gar- 
den is at Pickery Place. You can also 
reserve a seat for an herbal luncheon in 
the old cape. The food is unusual and 
very good . It makes a very nice outing 
and you can buy their cookbooks." 

"Little Red Riding Hood" is a 
favorite fairy tale among children 
worldwide. "Mary Had a Little Lamb" 
is a favorite nursery rhyme. 

Every child and child-at-heart 
can recite it: "Mary had a little lamb, its 
fleece was white as snow. .And every- 
where that Mary went the lamb was 
sure to go." 

But did they learn that this 
poem was written in Sterling, Mass.? 

The site, a memorial to the 
nursery rhyme, consists of a bronze 
statue of Mary's lamb in front of 
Mary's schoolhouse, and a sign. The 
sign reads: "Mary Sawyer Tyler lived 
in Sterling from 1806 - 1889. When 
she was 10, she got a pet lamb named 
Nathaniel, which often followed her to 
school. A visiting Harvard student 
wrote the immortal verse, though only 
four of the 21 lines are commonly- 

"The quaint schoolhouse, still 
in its original condition, leaves visitors 
with the feeling that Mary and her little 
lamb could walk by at any minute," 
said Christoph. 

Nursery rhymes and fairy tales: 
these are the things that dreams are 
made of. Children make-believe about 
beautiful princesses and princes charm- 
ing that live in castles in far-off lands. 
They probably do not think that there is 
a real-life castle very near here (and it 
has a website). 

Hammond Castle, located on 
80 Hesperus Avenue in Gloucester, 
unites the things of nursery rhymes, 
fairy tales, and legends with history. 
Celebrating its 70th year as a museum. 

it is named for American inventor John 
Hayes Hammond. Jr.. who lived there. 
This castle, purchased and brought over 
from Europe, then reconstructed, was 
built between 1926 and 1929. and 
reportedly has many surprises in store 
for its visitors. 

The castle gives visitors the 
sense that they are stepping into anoth- 
er world. "There is a legend that a 
sword was built into the castle and lies 
somewhere within the walls. . . see how 
truth can be stranger than fiction." said 
the official website. 

"It was built to house 
Hammond's medieval collection which 
includes Roman tombstones, doors 
from real dungeons, glass from all over 
the world and much more." said the 
website. There is also "a round library 
with a whispering ceiling, (and) an 
indoor swimming pool disguised as a 
Roman footbath, and disappearing 

Bill McGrath. Leominster resi- 
dent, has visited Hammond Castle a 
couple of times. "It's fun, and it's eery, 
too. It really gives you a sense of the 
old world," he said. "I highly recom- 
mend it for something fun to do on the 

Dreams can come true and peo- 
ple can really live happily ever after, 
but when and how? 

The Pickery Place is open all 
year, closed on major holidays, serving 
luncheon to visitors at 11:30 a.m., 
12:45 and 2 p.m. Call (603) 878-1151 
to make table reservations, and visit pickity- 
place for a history, workshop schedule, 
and menu. There is no charge to see 
Mary's Little Lamb. Hammond 
Castle's hours vary . so it is recommend- 
ed to call ahead; for 24-hour informa- 
tion. (978) 283-2080; and for 24-hour 
directions. (978) 283-7673. For a gen- 
eral information or a schedule of events 
at the castle, visit www.hammondcas- 

Earth Day 

Festival comes 

to FSC 

by Earth Day Task Force 

On April 20. Fitchburg State College 
will explode into its annual Earth Day 
Festival w ith more great events than in 
previous years. This year's celebration 
will be a week-long affair running 
April 26. 

will begin at 
1 1 a.m. on 
the Quad, 
and run until 

6 p.m. Fitchburg will host a variety of 
Earth-friendly groups and activities 
designed to entertain and educate. 
Among the many special guests will be 
Smokey the Bear, who will be available 
for pictures. The Department of 
Environmental Management has also 
donated an Enviro-Cabin, which is a 
simulated fire-spotting tower, and an 
18-wheel truck with environmental 

The day's events will include tables 
from various environmental and Earth- 
friendly groups. Scheduled for Tuesday 
is a tree planting ceremony, a lot clean- 
up, environmental speakers, a dj., a 
nature walk, and a barbeque on the 
Quad. As a special event, Eastern 
Boarder will perform a skate boarding 
half-pipe demonstration. Some funding 
was provided by The Point, FSC's 
school new spaper. 

Also highlighted will be two 

bands — New Pond Fondle, a local band 

from Fitchburg, and Actual Proof, a 


band similar to 


"I just wanted 
to throw a party 
and let students 
come out to cele- 
brate the Earth." 
saids Earth Day 
Task Force Organizer Jessica 
McGowan. "This is going to a great 
event. I hope students come out to join 
the fun." 

On Sunday. April 25. an Earth Day 
Celebration will be held in Worcester at 

continued on page 8 


Take a bite out of boredom 

by Joey Davolio 

Hungry for something that doesn't 
come from DAKA? 

Well, believe it or not, FSC students 
don't have to go very far to find a whole 
world of different foods. Whether it is 
2 a.m. or 2 p.m., cravings for Chinese, 
Italian, hot wings, cool drinks, and 
more can be satisfied in Fitchburg. 

Students swear that the Ninety-Nine 
Restaurant at 275 Summer St. offers the 
best boneless Buffalo wings around. 
The wings, offered in large, XL or XXL 
portions, are served dripping with the 
99's special medium or extra-hot sauce. 
It's a good idea to order a large drink 
with these - you'll need it! 

If Buffalo wings are your thing and 
you don't mind the bones, Domino's is 
the place to go. The wings taste great, 
and Domino's will deliver them to your 

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dorm room or apartment in 30 minutes 
or less (that's what they claim, any- 

Domino's also has great deals on 
pizza, which come in handy for stu- 
dents with limited funds. 

In the mood for a little Chinese food? 
Singapore Restaurant is just down the 
street at the Twin City Mall, but most 

"The Jade will deliver, 
and the people there 
are usually pretty 
quick about getting 
their orders out." 

college kids will tell you to just order 
from the Fitchburg Jade at 447 Main St. 
The Jade will deliver, and the people 
there are usually pretty quick about get- 
ting their orders out. With their Super 
Special meals, all for under $5, it's hard 
to go wrong. 

For those who crave Italian, II Forno 
at 27 Airport Road comes highly rec- 
ommended. This restaurant serves up 
enormous portions of Italian favorites, 
along with salad and all the garlic bread 
you can eat. Diners who are 21 and 

older can bring a bottle of wine along to 
enjoy with dinner. 

When it's time for a little midnight 
snack, it's worth a trip to Denny's in 
Leominster, which is open round the 

Denny's has great appetizers, entrees 
and desserts, but the best choice is the 
chicken Charleston ranch melt. This 
was recently taken off the menu, but it 
can still be ordered- just ask for it by 
name. It's definitely worth it! 

Proximity has helped make Slattery's 
Back Room at 106 Lunenburg St., a 
college favorite. Generations of stu- 
dents have gone to Slat's for a few 
drinks and some appetizers, or to grab a 
quick bite to eat. 

So when hunger hits, students don't 
have to go far to find satisfaction; there 
are plenty of restaurants that aim to 

Film student focuses on communications issue 

by Guy Marochino 

This poor little artsy, imaginative 
film student has come from a com- 
munity college where great visions 
were heavily encouraged. I was 
able to have full access to any of the 
equipment that was made available 
through the media services and the 
television studio (believe it or not, 
that little tiny place had a working 
television channel). 

I was a spoiled-brat student, who 
took full advantage of the available 
resources, whether media or the 
community theater. I was really 
preparing myself to move on to a 
higher level. 

Right off the bat, I got the incred- 
ible impression that I did not have 
any right to be a film student and 
only those who were elite enough 
could call themselves film makers. I 
went to Visions last semester and I 
would not praise any of the work 
that had been done. Also, I was 
made well aware that the media 
resources were extremely limited to 

"Keep in mind that using the equip- 
ment does not equal power and the 
right to be egotistical." 

certain students, and I barely could 
get my foot in the door to peek into 
what we offer. 

From what I hear, what we work 
with on this campus is not nearly as 
advanced as what communications 
students worked on back at the com- 
munity college I attended. From my 
knowledge of video production, I 
felt I was taking a huge step back- 

All I have experienced from the 
other film/video students is extreme 
snobbery. This school is crawling 
with negative karma; kids fooling 
themselves into believing that this 
college is more recognized than it 
actually is. After graduation we 
won't have big name university 
recognition to help us with our 

careers. We are basically on our 
own after this, I know I will be. If I 
had a little extra money, I would 
have attended another college. 

There are those who keep their 
necks up their crotch and wish to 
live in a fantasy that is much more 
strange than any young boy's 
extreme wild masochistic one. I do 
have to ask "where is the great over- 
achiever who was just like you 

"Hello, equipment boy— I need 
to have more surges plugged in for 
my staff!" 

Recently in one of my communi- 
cations classes, I was assigned a 
group project. I ended up being 
placed with a few fellows that had 
decided to squeeze me right out of 

the assignment, which left me in the 
dust with a zero amount of shared 
work with them. 

The fact is that these four so- 
called fine gentlemen did not even 
acknowledge what I could con- 
tribute into the group, and I have 
even more vivid visions and techni- 
cal know-how than all their brains 
put together. 

Their extreme disrespect was 
uncalled for, and I am left to handle 
even more of these comm students 
who put themselves on a high 
pedestal for absolutely no reason. 

Situations like these can aggra- 
vate my mind and get me thinking 
about switching my major to inter- 
act with more sensible and realistic 
people, like photography majors. 
Keep in mind that using the equip- 
ment does not equal power and the 
right to be egotistical. 

Those silent ones out there who 
seem to be artistic film students 
might have more knowledge than it 
appears, but they know not to flaunt 


Earth Day events 

continued from page 6 

Green Hill Park . This event is a great 
opportunity to get off-campus and to 
meet students and people from the 
Worcester area while supporting and 
celebrating a great cause. 

Earth week will culminate into an all 

out bash on Monday, April 26 as the 

Student Activities Office coordinates 

"Spring into the Outdoors" held at 

Elliot Field. 

Shuttle ser- 
vices will be 
provided to 
take students 
to and from 
the event. 

This day 
will be a cele- 
bration of spring and the outdoors, after 
students have suffered from months of 
winter confinement. 

"Come on out to Elliot Field and 
enjoy the outdoors," says Brian 
Bicknell, Spring Day Organizer. 
"There is plenty of fun for everybody." 
This day will feature outdoor activ- 
ities such as intramural games, a FSC 
baseball game, ropes course, a cookout, 
a mountain climbing wall, a nature trail 
and much more. 

Earth Week is 
a great opportu- 
nity for students 
to come out and 
leam about their 
while having 

Look for more 
details on these great events from 
posters around campus. 

Happy Earth Day 
From The Point! 


Ginsu Theater Presents 'Sorority House Massacre' 

by Evil Trevor and Malicious Mike 

"Sorority House Massacre" 
-3.5 stars! 

What do you get when you make a 
movie with amazingly bad effects, slop- 
py editing, nonexistent cinematograph) 
and just of a hint of what could have 
been a plot (in its former life)? 

"Sorority House Massacre" is what 
you get! This vain attempt by director 
Carol Frank and uncredited producer 
Roger Corman (who should have 
known better) to cash in on the resur- 
gence of the horror genre in the earh 
and middle 1980s was possibly the 
worst movie that this reviewer has ever 
seen. And I've seen some rotten eggs! 

This movie features a young co-ed, 
Beth, who due the recent death of her 
closest family member moves into a 
sorority house during the Labor Day 
weekend. As the pseudo-plot semi- 
thickens Beth's brother escapes from 
the mental institution and makes a path 
to his home, where he brutally 
butchered his family. What a surprise, 
the house he's returning to happens to 
be the house that Beth (the only sur- 
vivor) is in! I didn't see that coming, 

did you? (Smell that - sar- 

Well back at the sorority 
house, off go the lights and 
out comes a ghost story 
about how the house was the 
scene of a gruesome murder. 

This story ignites Beth's 
memories of her Brady- 
Bunch childhood and she 
finds a knife that was used 
to kill her entire family 

By the time the troop 
decides to go to bed (for a 
good night's sleep I'm so 
sure!) Beth's brother has 
managed to kill off three 
people and break into the 

This movie is one of the 
worst films that I have ever 

I am shocked and 
appalled that Roger Corman 
had anything to do with this 
movie, and understand fully 
why he chose to have his 
name removed from the 

Of course there's a sequel, "Sorority 
House Massacre II, Nighty Nightmare." 

"Sorority House Massacre" is absolute 
trash, and deserves to be avoided like the 

I think I might just get lobotomized 
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Runners go the extra mile 

continued from page 12 

passed the baton to Joanie to hand off to 
anchor leg Jackie Savoury. At the end 
of the day, the women also attempted to 
run a sprint-medley (200-200-400- 
800), with strangely enough no sprint- 
ers among them. Kelly and the Dutch 
One both ran a 200, to hand of to the 
Christies who ran a 400 and 800. They 
finished, and weren't even last, so a 
huge "way to go!" out to them! 

The jumpers had a lesser day today, 
but those are hard events to do on a 
windy day, and believe me, it was 
windy! Mark "My Main Man" Teator 
jumped 17-feet-6.5 in the long jump, 
and 37-feet-l 1 in the triple. "Let's do it 
up again next weekend babe!" is all we 
can say about that. Shaun "he can also 
do the long jump" Grier jumped 17- 
feet-5. Many Falcons participated in 
one or two running events, probably 
just so they could stay warm. Big hud- 
dles were formed on the bleachers, and 
blankets were stolen without any trace 
of a guilty conscience. For the women, 
the Christies both ran the 1 500. With a 
time of 5:23.2, Christie A. came in a lit- 
tle before her sister Christie A. who ran 
a 5:28.3. Eric Nolan was the fastest 
Falcon in the open 400 for the men, 
with a time of 52.33. Darren Medeiros 
also ran an amazing 400, and put 53.5 

on the clock. He was followed by Brian 
"My Gentleman" Trembley with 55.84, 
and Derek "I got stuck in an elevator" 
Delanski with 56.28. Joanie Gillen, 
another elevator victim, ran a spectacu- 
lar 400 hurdles, coming in at 1:22.7. 
Boudu "The blanket thief Bingay ran a 
2:12.2 in his 800. The Dutch One 
placed sixth in this event for the women 
with a time of 2:27.3. The 3000 meter 
steeple was probably the most spectac- 
ular distance event of the day, and we 
even had one of our men give it a try. 
Brian "Big Daddy" Walsh cleared all 
the hurdles but one, and had the 
scratches to prove it! He finished his 
race in 12:17.5, and "That ain't bad 
after hitting your head!" 

The Falcons put in an entire army to 
run the open 200. Jay Bramble ran a 
23.58, followed by Erik Nolan with 
23.75. Mark Teator also contributed to 
the results, by running a great 24.0. For 
the women Laura and Cheryl cleared 
this half-lap-race in 29.4 and 3 1 .6. Miss 
Barbados Jackie Savoury finished third 
in the 100 meter dash with a time of 
13.49, but it was windy after all. Laura 
ran a 14.19, and Cheryl took it in after 
15.18 seconds. Jay Bramble looked hot 
in his race, by finishing in 1 1.8. Joanie 
Gillen broke her best time in the 100 

Derek Delansky's on the run. 

meter high hurdles by running 20.08, 
and Mark Teator placed 7th in his 110 
high hurdles with 16.9.The Falcons 
have a home meet this weekend, the 
Eric Loeschner memorial. This will 
definitely be an interesting meet, 
because many Falcons still want to 
qualify, and there's no place like home 
to do this! 

A Caribbean Culture 


The Feature Length 


Sugar Cane 

by Euzhan Palcy 

Tuesday, April 20, 1999 

Ellis White Lecture Hall 

Are you looking for some- 
thing fun and worthwhile to do 
on a Saturday night? Then 
mark April 24 on your calen- 
dar because that's when 
Program's Committee will 
presents it's Gospel Jubilee. 
Featured performers for this 
event are the New Hope 
Baptist Choir, the group Trial- 
N-Tribulations and We-R- 
Persuaded will be entertaining 
us through song as well. 
Admission is free for the event 
and it's guaranteed to be a 
great time. 

Haiti Update 
The Honorable 


Consul of Haiti 

Tuesday, April 13 



Hammond Building 

Fitchburg State College 

ACC gets dramatic 

continued from pg 2 

changed to Interdisciplinary Studies. 

This proposal was tabled for later 

ACC then adjourned and will recon- 
vene on May 1 2 in the G-Lobby of the 
Hammond Building from 12:30-5:30. 
to discuss the proposals tabled and sev- 
eral others. 

Any and all students who have con- 
cerns or question pertaining to the pro- 
posals should attend the meetings and 
voice their opinions in an orderly fash- 

Christopher C. Butler, 
class of 1987, of North 
Reading, is engaged to 
Maryellen Winter. 
Chris works in advertising 
sales for The Want Ad 
Publications in Sudbury. 
Maryellen is employed as 
a nanny. 

A July 31, 1999 wedding 
is planned. 

The Point would like to apolo- 
gize for any confusion caused 
by the "FSC celebrates Easter 
with the community" article. 
The list of people working dili- 
gently in the Volunteer Center 
is: Assistant Dean of Students 
and Director of Student 
Activities: Tullio Nieman; 
Coordinator of Volunteer 
Efforts: Cindy Flynn; Student, 
Staffers: Kim Priestly and 
Sherry Tetreault; Americorps 
VISTA: Jeremy Chaussee. 


To run or not to run, that is always the question 

by Rlmldu Jansen 

The Track Falcons had a very cold 
meet this past Saturday. They were a 
guest at Williams College, for their 
annual College Invitational. On this 
beautiful 8-lane track, we saw some 
pretty nice results, some smashes, and 
some very strange relays. 

For the throwing events, the women 
had one full relay team, namely the shot 
women. Cheryl Briggs, Kelly Gorey, 
^.nd the Dutch One placed sixth in this 
e\ent. Corey Supernor competed in all 
three throwing events, and had a sun 
burn to prove it. He threw 29-feet in the 
shot, and broke 90-feet in the discus. 
Shaun "I can't jump in this cold" Grier 
came in fourth in the pole vault with 
12-feet-6, and got a standing ovation 
from his Falcon team mates after clear- 
ing the bar. Corey Medeiros is still 
working on clearing the bar, but defi- 
nitely makes it all look good! 

Our Falcons ran a few relays on 
Saturday, and even though some didn't 
make the books, they should definitely 
not be overlooked. The men ran a spec- 
tacular 4x200 relay, leaving everybody 
behind to eat their dust. They finished 
ikree seconds before the next team, and 
ran a great 1:34. Awesome job Jude, 
Jay, Mark, and Eric! The women ran a 
4x100 relay and placed sixth with 
55.79. Co-captain Cheryl Briggs led off 
the pack, followed by Laura, who 

Jackie Savoury during the 4x100 relay. 

Photo by Rhalda Jansen 

continued to page 11 

Bremberg ties FSC record with 13 strikeouts 

by Rhalda Jansen 

On Wednesday April 7, 
pitcher Josh Bremberg tied the 
seven-year-old school record 
for strike outs, with 13 Ks. He 
now shares this record with 
Bryan Wilson who did the same 
thing in 1992. Josh is also on 
his way to get the FSC record 
for strike outs per season, 
which is currently held by 
Kevin Cann with 66Ks. This 
record in almost 20 years old, 
so go for it Josh! 

The Baseball Falcons won 
their home game against Clark 
that day with 12-5. The Falcons 
are still having a very tough 
time this season though, their 
next three games went to the 

Falcon News 

by Rhalda Jansen 

The Softball Falcons are on a four- 
game winning streak, by beating 
Rivier College and Mass Maritime 
College. Last Wednesday, the Lady 
Falcons won their double-header at 
Rivier with 14-0 and 17-1. This past 
Saturday, they did the same thing 
against Mass Maritime in another 
away double-header. The Falcons 
crushed the opposing team with 10-0 
and 16-5. The Falcons are on their 
way to get their record back into black 
ink, by moving up to 6-14. It's look- 
ing awesome ladies! Keep up the 
great work! Their next home game is 
against Curry College, and will take 
place tomorrow on the McKay fields, 
so come and check it out! 

Field Hockey will be having spring 
practices on Thursday nights pretty 
soon. If you are interested in playing 
in the fall, please contact coach Beth 
Bacher at 665-4689. Anyone interest- 
ed in volleyball can contact coach 
Lisa Paciorek at 665-4699. The 
Volleyball Falcons practice on 
Thursday nights from 8-10 pm, in the 
Parkinson gym, so you can also find 
them there. 

opposing teams. FSC lost their home 
game against Daniel Webster on 
Thursday, and on Saturday April 10, 
Mass Maritime won both games of the 
double header on home grounds. The 
Falcons lost the first with 8-2 and the 
second with a pretty close 5-3. 

The Baseball Falcons are playing at 
Plymouth State College this afternoon, 
and are hosting Amherst College at 
3:30 tomorrow, so come and support 
vour Falcons! Tons of luck men! 

Josh Bremberg on his pitching mound.